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Charles A. Ellis, LL.B. (Licensed to Practice in NS and NB)

Charles A. Ellis – was educated in Springhill and attended Dalhousie University from which he received his B.A. in 1977. He attended Dalhousie Law School from which he received his LL.B in 1980. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1980 and to the New Brunswick Bar in 1986.

Charles is an Assistant Crown Attorney. His preferred areas of practice are: Family Law, Real Estate Law, Wills, Estates and Corporate Commercial.

Charles is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Canadian Bar Association and the Cumberland Barristers’ Association and has held all Executive positions within that organization.

Charles is a member and Past-President of the Springhill Rotary Club. He is Past-president of the Junction Road Elementary Home & School Association. Charles is very active with minor hockey and soccer serving as a coach with various teams.

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Dave McNairn, LL.B. (Licensed to Practice in NS and NB)

Dave McNairn – was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia. He received his Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2000 and his LL.B from the University of New Brunswick in 2003. After articling with one of Atlantic Canada’s largest firms, Dave returned to Cumberland County and began practicing with Hicks LeMoine Law in 2004. Since joining the firm, Dave has focused his practice primarily on Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Estate Planning and Municipal Law. Dave also practices Criminal law and Civil Litigation and has appeared in Small Claims Court, Provincial Court and the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. In 2010 Dave became a partner* at Hicks LeMoine Law.

Dave has been an active volunteer in the community. He served on the board of directors for the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce for a number of years and was President of the Chamber for two years. Dave has also served as President of the Cumberland North Liberal Association and assisted with Bill Casey’s campaign for Cumberland Colchester in 2016. Dave has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Amherst since 2005 and will serve as President of the Amherst Rotary Club for the 2017/2018 year.

Within the legal profession Dave has served as president of the Cumberland Barrister’s Association and has been a member of council for the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society from 2008 to 2013. Dave continues to sit on the Complaints Investigation Committee for the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society and is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Lawyer’s Association of Nova Scotia. Dave is licensed to practice in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. He spends time in the Amherst, Parrsboro and Sackville offices to serve his clients. In his spare time Dave enjoys snowmobiling and ATV’ing.

* denotes professional corporation.

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Joshua E. Cormier, LL.B. (Licensed to Practice in NS and NB)

Joshua E. Cormier – was educated in Dorchester and Sackville, New Brunswick and attended Dalhousie University from which he received his B.A. in 2007. He received his LLB from the University of New Brunswick in 2010, at which time he began his legal career with Hicks, LeMoine. He was admitted to both the Nova Scotia Bar and New Brunswick Bar in 2011. Josh became a partner in 2017.

Josh’s preferred areas of practice include: Real Estate Law, Wills, Estates, and Family Law.

Josh is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Canadian Bar Association and the Cumberland Barristers’ Association.

Josh is also a member of the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Department, the Sackville Rotary Club, and sits on the board for Community Forests International.

Josh has acted in a number of administrative positions for various organizations including Secretary/Treasurer for the Cumberland Barristers’ Association, The Board of Directors for the Greater Sackville Chamber of Commerce, the President of the Rotary Club and the Cumberland Barrister’s Association.

Away from the office Josh is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, hunting and hiking

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Thomas L. MacLaren, LL.B.

Thomas L. MacLaren – was born and educated in Halifax, Nova Scotia, having spent the summer holidays of his youth in Parrsboro. He attended Acadia University, graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his LL.B from Cardiff University in Wales, UK after which he attained a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. He was called to the Bar in Nova Scotia on April 12, 2013. Tom accepted an articling position with Hicks LeMoine Law in 2012 and became a partner in 2017.

Tom’s preferred areas of practice include Real Estate Law, Wills, Estates and Probate, and Family Law. Tom is appointed as a per diem Crown Attorney working in Amherst, Truro, Antigonish and Shubenacadie on behalf of the Public Prosecution Service.

Tom is a member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society, and the Canadian Bar Association. Tom has served on the executive of the Cumberland Barrister’s Association, the Parrsboro and District Board of Trade and the Parrsboro Creative.

Tom is an avid golfer and traveler.

Anastacia (Stacey) L. Merrigan

Anastacia (Stacey) L. Merrigan

Anastacia Merrigan was born in Truro and raised in Hants County. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Mount Allison University in 1999 and a Juris Doctor from the University of New Brunswick in 2016. Anastacia completed articles at Hicks LeMoine Law’s Amherst office and has lived in Sackville, NB since 2004.

Anastacia’s preferred areas of practice include Family Law, Criminal Law, Real Estate, Estate Planning and Corporate & Commercial, particularly Small to Medium Business and Social Enterprise start-ups.

Anastacia is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Cumberland County Barristers’ Association.

Anastacia is also a member of Women in Business Without Borders (Amherst/Sackville), Rotary (Sackville), and EOS Eco-Energy (Sackville). She currently serves as Treasurer for the Sackville Commons Co-working Co-operative.

Outside of the office, Anastacia is passionate about close-up photography, LGBTQ+ advocacy, crochet and power tools.

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